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  1. Self-Determined

    Make A Sentence From 6 Random Letters.

    Just understood I could even develop. FRINDL
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    What would you choose?

    Sun soak to start and epsom bath to end sounds nice. Overgrown herb garden or manicured zen garden?
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    What Are You Grateful For Today?

    The tree on my back patio. The trees in my neighborhood which I am getting to know. Plants peeking in my windows. Cool breezes. Kindness.
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    Our feathered friends, birdbrains, and wingnuts

    I like @Changing4Best 's guess. I second that!
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    Our feathered friends, birdbrains, and wingnuts

    It may have been a grackle. In the west and south they have long tails. Usually black or brown in color and a loud whistling call.
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    What Are You Grateful For Today?

    The school where I work is a great community. I am grateful I get to help take care of the animals. The mini donkeys and sheep and chickens and turkeys are therapeutic for me. Especially the donkeys. They are so affectionate and just want to lean into your soul. It’s impossible to feel...
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    What Did You Eat And Drink Last?

    Rye toast with butter and herring in paprika sauce.
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    What Are You Grateful For Today?

    My tutoring clients force my brain out of “intrusive negative thoughts” mode. They force me to be my best self and it feels good to smile and laugh with them. I am grateful for their presence in my life.
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    Our feathered friends, birdbrains, and wingnuts

    On this day which *feels* so horrible I was visited by three winged creatures on my back patio. The first was a fledgling hummingbird. I didn't know hummers fledged, but it makes sense now that I think about it. I noticed a hummer on my feeder and when another hummer came, this one hung...
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    What Did You Eat And Drink Last?

    pickled beets, pickled eggs, mayo, walnuts mango bubbly water
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    What Did You Eat And Drink Last?

    Chocolate covered sour golden berries.
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    What Are You Grateful For Today?

    I am grateful that I am financially stable enough to fix my car so it has new valve seals and a new serpentine belt. It is almost completely all fixed up which means I could take an overnight trip to one of the rivers without worrying about the car.
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    What Are You Grateful For Today?

    The shade of a leafy dense tree.
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    What Did You Eat And Drink Last?

    Just call me the Waldorf salad queen! lol I finished the rest this morning in a heaping serving. Found out that when it sits a while in the fridge the mayo flavor is practically gone and the marshmallows soften while the apples, celery, and walnuts stay crunchy--amazing! I also made french...
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    Readers thread: what or who are you reading right now?

    @Mee if you like memoirs you might like "Speak, Memory" by Vladimir Nabokov. He is considered a classic author, but he's not too hard to read because his descriptions are so vivid and his dialogue pulls you right into the moment, in my opinion. I had only read one book by him when I read his...
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    What Did You Eat And Drink Last?

    Fried onions and greens with eggs over rice with garnishings. More Waldorf salad :). Berry-flavored bubbly water.
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    Readers thread: what or who are you reading right now?

    About halfway through Willa Cather’s “One of Ours.” Her writing has such a soothing quality to it, I suspect she’s setting me up to cry at the end. About 15 years ago I read her Great Plains Trilogy: “O Pioneers,” “Song of the Lark,” and “My Antonia.” As a writer she can do it all for...
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    Photography Club

    Nature is so magical. Today I watched a hawk moth that had just emerged crawl onto a patio table leg and grow its wings from tiny nubs to big flappers. That part is amazing already, but what especially astounded me was that I have a Datura plant opening its first two blooms ever tonight, which...
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    What Did You Eat And Drink Last?

    Waldorf salad for the first time ever and it was... okay! I surprised myself by not throwing it away immediately and actually finished my serving! I had to get past the mayonnaise at first. Just kept telling myself, “Yes that is mayonnaise on those apples and mini marshmallows.”...
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    What Did You Eat And Drink Last?

    @Friday thanks for the lowdown! Looks scrump-diddly-umptious. I wonder if you are allowed to order the cock-and-balls by another name if you are too shy to say it... "Uh... I'll have the uh... private parts one?" "No idea what you're talking about ma'am, and you're *gonna* have to speak up."
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    I Realize That I

    I realize that I am a mom. I realize that I am still here. I realize that I am often one of the strongest and most capable adults in the room. I realize that when I’m sad and lonely it’s often because I have not giving myself enough support.
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    Photography Club

    Flower on a plant called “Yardlong bean,” which is related to mung beans and the snail vine.
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    Any One Know Of Any Free Zoom PTSD Self-Care Support Groups?

    There is a nation wide group called Codependents Anonymous which has free support groups, many online due to COVID. I have never been, but I heard that they mostly focus on codependency toward a spouse versus a parent or child.
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    What Did You Eat And Drink Last?

    Fried sardines with peas and peanuts in a tomato sauce, all from a can, eaten with long grain brown rice. I added garlic powder and parsley. The tinned food was called “Fish and Nuts—Pulatan—Hot and Spicy”. I got it at the international market in the Filipino section. I like sardines and I...
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    What Are You Grateful For Today?

    That I have lived on my own and paid my own bills for one year.
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